Matthews wins Vuelta Rioja

Lasca, Barbero round out podium

Michael Matthews took Orica-GreenEdge’s first win on European soil for the 2014 season with a convincing bunch sprint victory at the Vuelta a La Rioja in Basque Country. Matthews bettered his second place position at this event last year ahead of Francesco Lasca (Caja Rural- Seguros RGA) in second and Carlos Barbero (Euskadi) in third.

“It’s obviously nice to win at any time, but the first win of the year is always hard to get,” said Matthews. “Once you get the first one they usually keep coming. The lead out was perfect today, probably the best lead-out I’ve experienced with any team. Hopefully the win today gives the team confidence that I can win and if we can keep these lead outs going there should be more wins to come.”

The team went into the 164.7 kilometre warm up race for this week’s six day Vuelta al Pais Vasco firmly focused on getting Matthews to the line for the win.

“Everything went to plan today,” Matthews said. “We came here and were expected to win. We had to work a little harder than we would have liked to bring back the break at the end and we had to sacrifice a few guys.

“Hopefully they can recover ahead of the first stage of Pais Vasco tomorrow,” added Matthews. “We’ve done recon on that stage and it’s going to be harder than we first expected. We’ll be giving it a good go tomorrow.”

With the team’s first win of the European season coming relatively late in comparison with previous years, the confidence garnered from Matthew’s win has come at an ideal time ahead of the Basque tour that brought so much success for the team in 2013.

“This win is really good for morale ahead of Pais Vasco,” said Stephens. “We’ve given our older guys a bit of a rest, which meant our younger guys had the chance to take a few opportunities, which they did quite successfully. Now our more experienced riders are back in the mix, and we’re going to try to win some bike race again. It’s taken a little while to get our first victory in Europe this year, but this is a great sign of things to come in the weeks ahead.”

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica Greenedge3:54:34 
2Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros  
3Carlos Barbero (Spa) Euskadi  
4Vicente Garcia (Spa) Louletano - D. Doura  
5Sergey Shilov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
6Jorge Montenegro (Ecu) Louletano - D. Doura  
7Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
8Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
9Pablo Lastras (Spa) Movistar Team  
10Jon Aberasturi (Spa) Euskadi  
11Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team  
12Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos-Bh  
13Dmitry Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx  
14Federico Figueiredo (Por) Radio Popular  
15Alexander Vdovin (Rus) Lokosphinx  
16Pablo Torres (Spa) Burgos-Bh  
17Sergey Vdovin (Rus) Lokosphinx  
18Francisco Moreno (Spa) Louletano - D. Doura  
19Micael Isidoro (Por) Louletano - D. Doura  
20Mikel Aristi (Spa) Euskadi  
21Haritz Orbe (Spa) Euskadi  
22Peio Bilbao (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros  
23César Fonte (Por) Radio Popular  
24Igor Anton (Spa) Movistar Team  
25Jesus Del Pino (Spa) Burgos-Bh  
26Manuel Sola (Spa) Keith Mobel - Partiz  
27Christian Meier (Can) Orica Greenedge  
28Jose Ragonessi (Ecu) Team Ecuador  
29Esteban Plaza (Spa) Keith Mobel - Partiz  
30Aleksey Rybalkin (Rus) Lokosphinx  
31Daniel Silva (Por) Radio Popular  
32Nuno Matos (Por) Radio Popular  
33Victor Martin (Spa) Burgos-Bh  
34Jaime Roson (Spa) Team Ecuador  
35Segundo Navarrete (Ecu) Team Ecuador  
36Leonidas Novoa (Ecu) Team Ecuador  
37Javier Aramendia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros  
38Arkimedes Arguelyes (Rus) Lokosphinx  
39Antonio Cabello (Spa) Team Ecuador  
40Virgilio Santos (Por) Radio Popular  
41Carlos Quisphe (Ecu) Team Ecuador  
42Dario Hernandez (Spa) Burgos-Bh  
43Andreas Keuser (Ger) Keith Mobel - Partiz  
44Hernani Broco (Spa) Louletano - D. Doura  
45Rui Sousa (Por) Radio Popular  
46Igor Merino (Spa) Burgos-Bh  
47Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskadi  
48Celio Sousa (Por) Radio Popular  
49Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge  
50Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros  
51Jon Larrinaga (Spa) Euskadi  
52Victor Etxebarria (Spa) Euskadi  
53Raul Rubio (Spa) Louletano - D. Doura  
54Alvaro Robredo (Spa) Burgos-Bh0:00:26 
55Sandro Pinto (Por) Louletano - D. Doura  
56Marcos Jurado (Spa) Keith Mobel - Partiz0:00:28 
57Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica Greenedge0:00:35 
58Davide Vigano (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros0:00:37 
59Luis Mas (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros0:01:01 
60Raul Alarcon (Spa) Louletano - D. Doura0:01:16 
61Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros  
62Karol Domagalski (Pol) Caja Rural - Seguros  
63Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:26 
64Enrique Sanz (Spa) Movistar Team  
65Illart Zuazubiskar (Spa) Euskadi0:01:41 
66Jaume Rovira (Spa) Team Ecuador0:02:01 
67David Belda (Spa) Burgos-Bh0:02:29 
68Simon Yates (GBr) Orica Greenedge0:02:52 
69Isaac Carbonell (Spa) Team Ecuador0:03:13 
70Juan C. Ramirez (Spa) Keith Mobel - Partiz0:06:29 

 

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